Which Atlanta Braves players could be traded in 2023?
#5) Vaughn Grissom and Orlando Arcia
The reason these two have been included together is because the situation that could provoke their possible trade is largely the same. Vaughn Grissom and Orlando Arcia will be competing against each other to see who can claim the role of starting shortstop in Dansby Swanson’s absence.
It’s likely that Vaughn Grissom, given his youth at 22 years old, will be handed priority and possibly even a longer leash than Orlando Arcia. His 121 wRC+ and .345 wOBA alone eclipsed Arcia’s numbers last year by a healthy margin. If he were to come flying right out of the gates and produce at a high level, it would be unlikely that he’s shipped elsewhere. In that scenario, Orlando Arcia could be on the block.
Arcia is no longer the youngster brimming with potential that he was in 2016. However, a team is bound to be interested in his 104 wRC+, .321 wOBA, and .172 ISO that he had last year. This is especially true if he can build on those numbers in 2023. If both shortstops are successful in 2023, then the 28-year-old Arcia has a real shot to be involved in a trade package for help elsewhere on the field.
On the flip side, if Grissom is struggling mightily and Arcia is thriving, the Atlanta Braves will be forced into making a decision. Do they sell high on Grissom to a team enamored with his potential despite his struggling, or do they stick it out with him as a temporary backup option? That will depend on other positions.
If left field or even the starting rotation is a detriment to the team’s success, Grissom, as was discussed in many trade proposals this offseason, could be flipped for proven help in those positions. The end goal of another World Series will not be halted by waiting for Grissom to come good.
As is the case with all rumors, they are mostly conjecture. None of the players on this list are a lock to be traded at all. The purpose of this article is simply to identify potential candidates and to prepare fans for a possible reality in which one of these players is sent away from Atlanta.
With that said, do you agree with these potential trade candidates, and if not, who are some that have flown under the radar?